Alternatives to Ubuntu for all platforms with any license

  • Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and...

    • It's just a Ubuntu derivate like a thousand other distributions, nothing special other than Cinnamon desktop and a Windows-like looking-and-feel. Guest • Jun 2019 • 17 agrees and 16 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The changeover is very easy for Windows users. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • With Linux Mint had Smooth installation without any issues and good experience, Look & Feel can be better for Linux Mint. stable builds With Ubuntu had issues during & post installation & system became unstable, screen freezed couple of times and had to do a hard reboot. Guest • Apr 2018 • 6 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's easier and more comfortable to use. Guest • Dec 2016 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • faster, more responsive and less heavy on resources Guest • Dec 2016 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I started at GNU/Linux world by Ubuntu, but I suffered too much to do simple things. Then I gave a try to Mint and my life is so much easier! marriemullerApr 2017 • 9 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Linux mint support default closed software eg. flash player Guest • Dec 2016 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use, nice look and feel, do great out of box except some non-free drivers and multimedia codecs... yugalsalujaJul 2017 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Linux mint is literally based off the Ubuntu OS. The only significant different is its skin gives it a more windows-y feel Guest • Jun 2016 • 7 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Debian

    WHAT is Debian? The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have...

    • Very fast and responsive compared to Ubuntu, especially at boot. Core packages are updated more frequently than on Ubuntu, also. campbellbrendeneAug 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's what Ubuntu is directly based on. It also isn't as hard to use as it used to be. I'd say that anyone who isn't completely new to Linux should be able to use it just fine. Though I'd recommend sticking with the stable branch of Debian if you are still relatively new, then moving to the other branches later on. Buster_BlueJan 2018 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • There are no GUI (graphical ways) to install drivers and language packs. Everything should be done using the terminal. 2. Their website is very confusing for newbies to understand 3. The main ISO doesn't have proprietary stuff included, like proprietary drivers 4. You can use ppas like Ubuntu 5. No snap support as default 5. Complex installer 6. The packages are very old to maintain the stability, it can be very annoying for the users that want the most modern version of the programs first. Guest • Oct 2018 • 18 agrees and 19 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • ubuntu is based on debian (debian is the father of ubuntu) johndoeeApr 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu and it's derivatives (Mint, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, ElementaryOS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu) are all based on Debian. All are compatible with .deb software packages. All are easier than Ubuntu to setup. But Debian has a greater loyalty to the ideals of free and open source software. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 9 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It doesn't let you install proprietary drivers and doesn't have a GUI to manage these drivers like Ubuntu or Mint has, due to its philosophy. That's a thing people forget to mention when saying Debian is the option for Ubuntu or even Mint, so it isn't. Guest • Dec 2017 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Debian is not easier as Ubuntu. Linux Mint or openSUSE are better choices than Debian, to replace Ubuntu. Guest • Dec 2016 • 12 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Debian is actually mostly like Ubuntu. In fact, Ubuntu is based off Debian. I think other distros like Fedora are literal alternatives to it. SriramaKumarMay 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Manjaro Linux

    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

    • I have used so many distros, but this is the best Linux distro, awesome. Use without moderation :D Guest • Aug 2019 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best alternative for gaming. No data collection. (Ubuntu collects user data.) Manjaro has a very friendly community: and Manjaro is rolling release, Ubuntu has to be reinstalled (as distro version upgrades usually doesn't go well). Manjaro has more software available in the Software Manager than Ubuntu. Guest • Dec 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Manjaro Linux has got the point where it's more user friendly than Ubuntu, in my opinion. Particularly in the XFCE (official) and MATE (community) builds, the pamac/pacman package manager is utterly great to use and draws software not just from Manjaro repositories but from Arch's AUR, which has something like 60k+ software apps. Despite being based on Arch, Manjaro is very user-friendly and the community support is fantastic. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 16 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 1. Arch-based 2. Easy to install 3. Care about stability even being a rolling release kind of distro 4. It has GUIs for installing kernel, drivers and complex language packs 5. It has Pamac which is the most complete package manager/store in the Linux with supports and have access to the official repo, AUR, snap and flatpak. 6. it has different desktop environments for your taste 7. Good performance on games 8. It has minimal versions for tinkers. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Manjaro Linux has a pleasant environment for the new user. It is also a great option for those who have a computer with basic hardware. Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Stable, well documented, easy to use. Has everything Ubuntu has, but with more stability and less resources-consuming embellishments. oomelyannaooSep 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Arch based, many great software's via official repositories, and a rolling release means you won't lag behind in software. It is very stable and easy to use with many of the popular desktop environments. Guest • Oct 2017 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux Arch Linux

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  • Fedora

    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat Enterprise Linux , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives.

    • The Fedora project is not done with the original concern of creating Linux distro, at least not for the general public, it is an experimentation laboratory for a corporate linux and people are its guinea pigs. It is a bad concept compared to other know-how, skills, in other distro's that have a company branch. So ordinary people like me, go your way, unless you're masochistic. Guest • Jun 2019 • 7 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It doesn't have proprietary codecs and drivers pre-installed like Ubuntu. It's hard to install it, not for newbies. Guest • Oct 2018 • 13 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fedora doesn't come with proprietary codecs, drivers and applications installed by default is a headache to get them to work and install. Not suited for newbies, but for devs or people that know how to deal with such problem. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Albeit Fedora is supported by bigger company (Red Hat), it does not spy on users like Ubuntu. Fedora comprises only freedom software except for firmware (which can be resolved by freed-ora) unlike Ubuntu. Cleaner upgrade than Ubuntu. 9y0xwefhpwMay 2018 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • elementary OS

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

    • It treats flatpak as dangerous and makes the users afraid to download non-curated apps. The distro also doesn't allow the user to customize or change the theme without needing to add third-party stuff that isn't even on the official repos (on purpose) and often breaks each new version. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • It's Ubuntu-based, however you cannot use PPAs, there is no way to install .deb packages by clicking, you need to download stuff from their Store to make it work and the newbies won't know it. It's very limited in customization, takes a long time to make new versions compared to Ubuntu is always late in updates. It lacks many applications which isn't good when you try to make a OS for newbies. Guest • Oct 2018 • 11 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Delivers a beautiful graphical interface. Offers basic apps to play your music, videos and view pictures, designed around 'Less is more'. However, it is still based on Ubuntu, and so it can do the same things. Need advanced functionality? whip out the terminal and install any package supported by Ubuntu. Guest • Mar 2017 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Elementary and Ubuntu are Debian-based Linux distros. Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu. Different UIs (Elementary uses Pantheon, Ubuntu uses Unity). If it work on Ubuntu, it will work on Elementary. But Elementary are a team of designers and lag behind in terms of security. It's also oversimplistic for anyone but complete beginners in Linux. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

    • Xubuntu is nothing more than Ubuntu with the XFCE desktop environment and fewer included packages. I think it's far superior because it's faster than easier to use than Ubuntu. Guest • Mar 2018 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Xubuntu is Ubuntu in almost every way. The difference is that instead of Ubuntu's Unity desktop, you get the XFCE desktop, which - in my opinion - is much better. But it's certainly faster on older/slower computers. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Kubuntu

    is an official flavour of the Ubuntu operating system which uses the KDE Plasma Desktop.

    • It's full with bloatware and telemetry services. Guest • Jun 2019 • 4 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Kubuntu is simply Ubuntu with the KDE Plasma desktop environment instead of Unity. KDE Plasma is a very well thought-through, modern and highly configurable desktop environment that beats Windows 10 and OSX hands down. Note: KDE Plasma (and hence Kubuntu) might not run smoothly on quite old/slow computers. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • All Ubuntu-like, with the AWESOME K Desktop Enviroment Guest • May 2016 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Lubuntu

    Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system with a clean and easy-to-use user interface. It is a Linux system, that uses the minimal desktop LXDE/LXQT.

    • Lubuntu is Ubuntu, but instead of Canonical's Unity desktop environment it comes with LXDE, which is simpler and ligher on resources and therefore more suitable for older/slower computers. That's it. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • ReactOS

    ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT...

    • Not stable nor complete enough to be an alternative. The OS has been beta for decades. Guest • Jun 2019 • 12 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not stable enough to consider. And it's still in alpha. Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree

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  • openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose...

    • openSUSE is so hard for newbies that people have created Gecko Linux (as an user-friendly and out-of-the-box derivate of openSUSE). Guest • Jun 2019 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It doesn't have proprietary codecs and drivers installed by default like Ubuntu. To use it, you need some knowledge and it's very limited in packages compared to Debian and Arch-based distros. Guest • Oct 2018 • 9 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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Ubuntu Comments

Comment by wisd0m
about Ubuntu · Jun 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Every time more i find Ubuntu commercial and full of ads, everytime more using non-free stuff and not free software like in old days


I agree with you. Canonical has been straying further and further away from their original vision, and I no longer recommend Ubuntu as a good, reliable, private-oriented Linux distro.

Have you considered using other distros? Here are a few suggestions:

Small Manjaro Linux iconManjaro Linux
Small Fedora iconFedora
Small Linux Mint iconLinux Mint
Small Pop!_OS iconPop!_OS

Mint is probably the most similar and easiest to get a hang of when moving from Ubuntu.

12.04... rock solid?

Comment by wormwood
about Ubuntu · Sep 2012 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

I like Ubuntu, really really like it, but each install I have lots of problems. Touchpad works fine for a couple of minutes, then it freezes. ctr+alt+f1 and ctrl+alt+f7 so it can work again. Lots of workarounds for a simple touchpad to work. When rebooting, after some driver updates and other stuff it requests (nvidia, libraries, gnu+whatever) it freezes before it is supposed to load the cursor, and screen keeps purple forever. Then, in recovery mode, it just runs a series of numbers every 30 seconds and stays like that. When I reinstall, same thing again. So I'm back to my old WinXP, waiting for the next release, and see if they fix anything so I can install it and work nicely with my lenovo t410.


Comment by thelivingded
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Absolutely a great GNU/Linux distribution, especially for newbies. Everything "just works", exactly the way you want it to.


Comment by thebadwolf
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

I think that the Mac OS X is the best alternative... but Ubuntu being free is my number one choice. Absolutely in love with Ubuntu.


Comment by Guest
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Ease of use: Very easy to install, easy to use, wonderful community.


Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Have you tried SuperOS or LinuxMint? (I like SuperOS more) and have they also had the crashing problem that you mention? Just for comparison, because that is mostly what I have used. I rarely if ever use flat Ubuntu. For portability on my USB sticks I use Slitaz or Austrumi, but haven't had a problem with either of them.

I actually can find repositories that have all of the programs I use. So I dont usually need to compile them, but there are a few games and programs that I have compiled because there is no other way to get them installed. (at least not with the latest version) and How you talked about the single click RPM creation, there are a few programs that do that for DEBs as well. (i think its like debreate and a few others) but I personnaly have not tried them yet.


Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

For the Screen dimming. On my Gateway laptop I have never had that happen, but on a friend of mines HP it does, but that was with an older version of Ubuntu the newer ones didnt do that.

All in all, glad that you found a linux OS that you like though. Thats one nice thing about there being so many Distros. I have only minimally tried OpenSUSE, maybe one of these days I can spend more time testing it, and see how it is. One reason why I stuck with Ubuntu based is because I do a lot of studio work, and I like PureDyne and Ubuntu Studio, because they have the real-time kernels and other optimizations, and pre-configurations that help me quickly do what I need to do. Is there a OpenSUSE based derivative that is similar to those studio based versions that you know of?


Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Oh did I say bug? The most annoying bug that I hate in Ubuntu is screen brightness auto configuration. every time I turn on the machine the screen brightness automatically becomes dim, and I have to adjust it.
Did you say report bugs? I can't even remember how many times I have reported a bug or tried to report a bug and found out it has been reported by many many others! now this is not something bad, it is actually good. it means that the system is getting better! But when I found a bug has been reported a long time ago many times but it has not been fixed yet I find this really disappointing.


Comment by ilgaar
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by short updates I don't mean updates that are small! what I mean is shortage of efficient updates and most importantly shortage of update support! 18 month of support couldn't be that bad, but when there you are stuck with an old system and annoying bugs, the only option is to upgrade. But if users are going to upgrade in, then there should be a safe rout to do so. I mys self had the bad experience of upgrading and losing data, although I was prepared and had a backup plan, and I turned the loss of data just to a loss of time. but still this is not a very convenient way to be up to date.
Exactly! Beta ware! and it is the nature of Debian based systems. If Ubuntu was RPM based, probably it would have been more stable. But that is what Ubuntu is and there is nothing to do about it.


Comment by ilgaar
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About compiling, you as a Linux user should know that it is very important to build the software from source, specially when there are no binaries available. I personally compile most applications, because then I get a good application which is totally compatible with my system structure. Linux users who compile applications know what I am talking about, when it comes to Debain in general. In Ubuntu I can only compile half of the applications successfully unlike OpenSUSE, that I can easily compile almost anything. you will be surprised to hear that I have even compiled some Windows applications under SUSE, and they have worked. It is truly powerful. Besides there is a powerful RPM building package that I can use to build single click RPM packages to share the applications I like with my friends. Debian packaging system is a joke, and can not be compared to RPM.


Comment by ilgaar
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By the way, at the moment that I'm writing this post, I'm still testing Ubuntu.
Nothing special about this, but just to let you know.


Comment by Aaron
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and again here is the rest that was cutoff::

There is a long list of Do's and Dont's for all of the OS's. I find Ubuntu to be the most stable and secure OS that I have used. I can configure it easier and in more ways than I ever could in Windows. I have used Windows for about 18 years and various distributions of Ubuntu for about 3 years. I have not used a Mac that much but, I don't like that Macs are only legally installed on a mac system. So I don't use Macs. I have a Gateway FX laptop currently and Prefer its configuration over most Macs.

So besides blunt comments what experience have you had with ubuntu?


Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Hmm my comment was cutoff: here is the rest::

Ubuntu by itself does not come with much. Its exactly like if you get the Windows Vista install disk or maybe even the Windows 7 install disk. The normal install disk is a 'bare-bone' install with very little drivers or anything. So that you can configure it how you like.

(For the Windows Vista install disk, I am speaking from when I got my laptop it came installed with a fully configured Windows Vista but I did not make a restore disk. When Windows majorly crashed on me and I lost all of my data, I tried reinstalling it from the Install disk that it came with and it was bare-bone with None of the nice configurations that it had when it was pre-installed. Ubuntu in my experience is the same way it is bare-bone so that you can make to what you want but that takes a lot of time. So I just get the pre-configured Ubuntus instead.)

So if you get SuperOS or other pre-configured versions they will probably work better for you out of the box, because most of them include the drivers and software people use on an everyday basis, and would take less time to configure to your liking.

Don't get me wrong Ubuntu has its problems just as Windows and Mac do. No OS is going to be "Perfect." Windows does well at recognizing monitors and scaling them to fit the display really well. Ubuntu does not do that easily yet.
(in my experience) Ubuntu can run games faster than Windows (if you get it installed).

There is a long list of Do's and Dont's for all of the OS's. I find Ubuntu to be the most stable and secure OS that I


Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Short Updates! Forget about stability! Crawl in beta ware! A hell for compilers! Bug Heaven!
My opinion: ===> Ubuntu is really a BAD JOKE!